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International Criminal Court issues arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the social and economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol, via videolink in Moscow, Russia March 17, 2023.

Mikhail Metzel | Sputnik | Reuters

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Friday for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes committed during his invasion of Ukraine.

The court also issued a warrant for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights.

The court wrote in a statement that Lvova-Belova is “allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful deportation” of children from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia.

Earlier in the week, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Kremlin has previously denied that its troops commit war crimes.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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